The Chesterfield Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education (CEA) announced its candidate endorsements on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011.
Bermuda was the only district for which CEA made endorsements in two local campaigns, giving the nod to Board of Supervisors challenger Mark Fausz and first-time School Board candidate Stella Edwards.
CEA endorsed two other School Board candidates, incumbent David Wyman (Dale) and former School Board member Tom Doland (Matoaca). It also endorsed one other Board of Supervisors candidate, incumbent Dan Gecker (Midlothian).
For the State Senate, CEA endorsed David Bernard, the challenger in District 10. The CEA Fund, formerly known as CEA-PAC, endorses candidates whom it believes “will best represent the interests of their (sic) members, the children they teach, and public education.”
The endorsement process involves several steps, according to Sarah Anzelmo-Steele, VEA Uniserv Dierctor for the CEA. First, all candidates are asked to respond to a written questionnaire. Those who respond are invited to interview with a panel of teachers who reside in their district. In the case of incumbents, this panel also reviews the candidate’s record.
The district panels make initial recommendations, which are then voted on by the CEA Fund’s governing committee. The results are released to the media.
Candidates endorsed by the CEA Fund become eligible for campaign contributions; though CEA has not yet decided which campaigns will receive financial support, or the amounts of that support.
According to Anzelmo-Steele, the CEA Fund is entirely supported by voluntary contributions from CEA members and others. No portion of its budget comes from CEA members’ dues.